Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Desperation & Exploitation

Scammers know that desperate people are vulnerable to exploitation.
Have you noticed there are even more scams on the Internet than ever? With so many people desperately seeking employment, Internet scam artists are as abundant as thistles.
They invade your email, pop up on websites, and overrun job and business opportunity boards. Even sites like Craig’s List are choked with them.

Red Flags:
The job or business listing doesn’t list the company name.
They don’t have a website or the website looks unprofessional, has no contact information, or job listings.
They ask you to pay them when you are applying for a job. If you are looking for a job, rather than a business, NEVER send them any money or give them your credit card or bank account information. If it’s a legitimate job opportunity, they won’t ask you for money.
They tell you they need you to pay for training, inventory, credit report, or a security deposit before they will consider you for employment. See above.
They offer you a job without an application or interview.
You are guaranteed wealth or a high income for part-time, unskilled work.
Salary details are unclear.
If it’s a business opportunity, they insist you need to impress them to be qualified.

Do the Research
Using a search engine such as Google, type in the company name with the word scam after it; i.e. “XYZ Company scam”. Also check the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau.
Ask for the company’s references, especially if you are looking into a business opportunity. A caveat: be aware that some companies get around this with providing you with the names of “singers,” (people or organizations that are paid to tell you only good things about the company). Singers are also found on sites and forums that try to protect you from scammers.

Evaluating Work at Home Opportunities
Stay away from ‘opportunities’ that ask you to pay for Work at Home Directories or start-up kits. All of the information above also applies.
Avoid stuffing envelopes, assembly work, data entry, claim processing, ad posting, multilevel marketing, or companies that ask for a fee for a list of legitimate work at home opportunities.
Telemarketing and customer service jobs are sometimes legitimate but they require a noise filtering headset. Background noises from children or barking dogs are grounds for termination and they DO monitor calls. Beware of companies trying to sell you their own overpriced headsets and other equipment as a requirement for employment.
For more information on job scams and how to find legitimate opportunities, check out Alison Doyle’s articles.
Good luck weeding through the thistles. I hope you will be able to find the flowers. There really are some out there.

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